Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Elon Musk Breaks Down During Interview

Elon Musk Breaks Down During Interview

Musk admitted to The New York Times that the past year has been the most "difficult and painful" of his career.

One of the key questions Musk faced during the interview was whether he regretted his controversial decision to tweet last week about having the funding in place to take Tesla private.

"It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419", he said.

"As a result, it was clear to me that the right thing to do was announce my intentions publicly".

"Weed is not helpful for productivity".

It's followed by how he very almost had to miss being best man at his brother's wedding, and just slipped in and out of the celebration before getting back to the factory, and it makes you wonder anyone could live like that for years at a time.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating an August 7 tweet by Musk in which he proposed taking the electric vehicle maker private and said he had secured funding for the transaction. "Why would I?" he said.

Musk said he had agreed not to tweet again about privatisation deal unless he had discussed it with the board, the report said. Independent directors did, in fact, contact Musk immediately after his tweets to question the decision.

The link between public perceptions of the tech billionaire's mental state and the financial state of his publicly traded company was evident today, in the wake of a New York Times interview that quoted Musk as acknowledging he was fraying.

'This has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. Speaking emotionally, Musk said that he spent the entire day of his 47th birthday at work.

The interview comes after a very rough couple of weeks for both Musk and his electric auto company.

Mr. Musk said he had not taken time off of more than a week since 2001, when he was bedridden with malaria. The interview did not cover the multiple rounds of Tesla layoffs, workers that could have presumably helped Musk shoulder the load.

Even Musk may think so. "Others could not be corroborated", Tesla said in the statement. But Tesla isn't quite normal, with the identity and success of the company tied directly to Musk's intelligence and personality.

Some of Musk's stress comes from critical stock short-sellers who are betting against the company's success.

Musk, though, pointed to a single source of all his suffering: it's the short sellers. "They're okay. They're smartish'".

It's been a little more than a week since Elon Musk sent that now infamous 9-word tweet about taking Tesla private, the tweet that landed him in a world of controversy, got him crossways with regulators and led to the possibility of costly lawsuits.

The Times report said he frequently takes Ambien to get to sleep after long workdays and that Tesla's board has become concerned about his use of the drug.

For now, it looks like Musk is staying in his job, despite speculation earlier this year that he'd be ousted (and, apparently, his own desire to leave): "If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know. They can have the job", Musk was quoted as saying.

'Is there someone who can do the job better?

The interview offered rare insights into Musk's personal life and thinking.

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